7 Nov 2011

Man rescued after 8m fall onto rocks

12:24 pm on 7 November 2011

A man in his seventies was stuck for nearly 24 hours after falling eight metres onto rocks and mangroves at an Auckland creek.

He was walking down a boat ramp in the suburb of Glendene on Sunday morning when a hand rail gave way.

By the time firefighters reached him on Monday morning he had mild hypothermia and was in an advanced state of shock. He was taken to North Shore Hospital in a serious condition

Station Officer Terry Batt says the man hurt his back and leg in the fall and could not help himself. He tried calling for help, but was in an isolated area.

Another man who normally checks the injured man every day was away for the weekend.